DEC 04, 2018
What a memorable weekend for the Redster Nordic Unit! With five Top 3 places in three different disciplines the Atomic cracks proved their remarkable early season form at the beginning of the World Championship winter. The man of the day: Janosch Brugger. The 21 year old German was “Winner of the Day” in the classic pursuit in Lillehammer.
The former Junior World Cup champion in sprint came in 44th place over the 15km freestyle the previous day and couldn’t really motivate himself for the pursuit in the 15km classic. “But then on the first lap I noticed that I had mega skis.” At the end of the pursuit Janosch Brugger crossed the finishing line 17th overall, only 5.5 seconds down on third place. However in the individual pursuit classification that meant the best time with a 16 second lead! A best time that let him collect half the points of a World Cup Victory. Peter Landl, Atomic Nordic Racing Team Manager, was delighted with his protégé: “Especially in the classic technique Janosch is a mega talent. That he’s already heading to become a world class athlete, in his second season as senior, has exceeded all our wildest dreams. The technicians also played a big part: climbing wax, wet snow, plus one degree, the conditions almost don’t get any more difficult than this.”
“Especially in the classic technique Janosch is a mega talent. That he’s already heading to become a world class athlete, in his second season as senior, has exceeded all our wildest dreams.”
Olympic winner Simen Hegstad Krueger came in 8th place in freestyle and in the overall classification, he only missed his first place on the podium this season by two seconds. In the Ladies Hanna Falk drew people’s attention by winning the qualifying (seven tenths ahead), and a good performance in the quarter and semi-finals before she had to make do with sixth place in the final.
In Lillehammer the Nordic combined skiers contributed to the Redster track record with two podium places. Franz-Josef Rehrl skated his way onto the podium for the first time with third place in his 67th World Cup race, only 5.7 seconds off the winning pace. In the mass start Fabian Riessle also achieved 3rd place after the second fastest time, not bad for his third individual race on Atomic skis.
Three Redster biathletes also performed sensationally at the opening event in Pokljuka. After a hot pursuit the Atomic returnee Simon Eder together with Lisa-Theresa Hauser (9th place at half time) managed 2nd place in the single mixed race. Then in the mixed relay Benjamin Weger and Jeremy Finello did the same afterwards. As the third man in his team Weger catapulted the Swiss team from 5th to 2nd place after a top performance in the loipe and zero misses.